Thousands to farewell The Brook; nude rugby a success
Sat, 19 Jun 2010 6:10p.m.
By Dave Goosselink
Police are on alert in Dunedin ahead of tonight's big test between the All Blacks and Wales, but are hoping for a trouble-free evening.
Thousands of fans from around the country and overseas have poured into the city for the historic final test at Carisbrook.
A group of supporters are leading a march before tonight's game as their tribute to the famous ground.
“We want to get as many of Dunedin along there as we can, and then it's all go to the ground to send the old girl off. It's going to be emotional,” says Graeme Massey of the BackingBlack Supporters Club.
The Welsh are hoping to spoil the party, but their fans are being realistic.
“I think Wales are going to be able to hold their heads up high, whether we win or not is a different matter,” said one fan.
Fans are confident the All Blacks can break their two test losing streak at The Brook.
Carisbrook's been sold out for weeks; the final chapter adding to the buzz around the game.
“Oh it certainly does, you know, and it'd be great to see the All Blacks get up over the Welsh, and it'd certainly add to the excitement that's been building,” says Doug McSweeney of Otago Rugby.
The traditional nude rugby game at Logan Park was also well supported.
Over a thousand spectators turned out to watch the Nude Blacks face off against the Welsh Leeks, in the unofficial curtain raiser to the big test.
See the full nude rugby video here
“It's well supported and it is just a bit of fun, and if you don't like it, you don't come,” says Dave Bourke, the Nude Blacks captain.
See photos of the nude rugby match here
It was one game that wasn't going to be ruined by a streaker – so when one female spectator tried to join in, she ended up scoring a try.
It was a tightly fought match, the Nude Blacks just edging out the Welsh in the final minutes – possibly a hint towards tonight's result.
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8/07/2012 5:10:53 a.m.
Do you have a fan club?
4/11/2010 4:50:53 p.m.
Petrus Hansen wrote:
In this exclusive video interview with Meet The Boss TV, Welsh Rugby's celebrated Head Coach Warren Gatland shares about his team management style, his big lessons on and off pitch, and how four soldiers in a jeep helped him create a siege mentality.
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20/06/2010 6:04:42 p.m.
I see Family First is at it again, claiming TV3 made no attempt to pixellate the naughty bits. Did anyone tell them pixellation = censorship?
20/06/2010 2:15:05 p.m.
George Bartlett wrote:
I can't get your video extracts to work on my Mac, although I can see The News replays with Windows Movies.
Wot's up, please?
20/06/2010 1:53:33 p.m.
Craig Young wrote:
I see there's a somewhat limp protest from the raving right over the exhibition (...) at the Brook yesterday. May I compliment the Nude Blacks on their (...) hard tackle and (...) ball handling skills? As for the raving right, this isn't the seventies and the rest of us don't appreciate their antiquated Bartlettry.
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